As a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday. I loved trimming the tree, waking up to gifts from Santa, singing Christmas carols, and so on. Now as an adult, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and Christmas has become, for the most part, a ghost of favorite holidays past. That’s because I find Christmas warped with consumerism: people scrambling to spend more than they can afford to give unappreciated gifts. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is just about food, football, and fall weather. The typical four-day weekend helps, too. Less pressure of shopping for the right gift, just relaxing.
Following Thanksgiving in the U.S., we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year as we gear up for the stressful holidays. I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t participated in my fair share of Black Friday shopping, although I prefer Cyber Monday because I abhor crowds. Regardless, both days—and almost all of the ones leading up to year’s end—are consumed with consumerism. That’s why it’s a nice change to have Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday is a day for us to give back to our community, be it local or global, with an unselfish act of donation, whether in time, talents, or gifts. This year, Giving Tuesday is December 1st. This year, I will support the Guthy Jackson Foundation, which has been my primary community and support throughout my Neuromyelitis Optica/NMO journey. Even if you don’t donate, show your support by spreading the word: take a selfie of yourself holding a piece of paper with a message showing your support. Include #GivingTuesday and #unselfie with your message, post on your social media, and tag the GJCF in it.
Keep an eye out for my own #unselfie on December 1st!